Thursday, November 21, 2013

Picturing characters from books

6+7 Book Club read Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City, by Kirsten Miller, for our November book. It's about a group of "butt-kicking girl superspies out to save Manhattan" from an evil conspiracy. The description of the main character included pale, ice-blue eyes and distinctive white hair, and every time I looked at the cover of the paperback version, I winced at the photo of the admittedly pretty but decidedly regular blonde girl the publisher / cover designer chose to depict Kiki. To me, the author's description indicated Kiki lacked melanin in her skin and hair, something like model Nastya Zhidkova...


...only of course tougher and less pouty. So I decided to do my own version. Here it is--"Kiki Strike in Central Park," in the snow, wearing her black hoodie, hands on hips, displaying her slightly challenging stare . . .



(You can click on it if you want to see it bigger.)

Here are the two book covers--the hardcover version (left) with the cartoon Kiki obviously more true to the book than the paperback one (right).

    

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